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PHI Statement on CVS Caremark Move to End Tobacco Sales

February 05, 2014

The Public Health Institute applauds CVS Caremark for its decision today to stop the sale of tobacco products in its retail stores. CVS sets a high bar for other industries, showing courage and a commitment to prioritizing the health of its customers.  more

PHI Comments on Farm Bill Conference Agreement

January 28, 2014

PHI reacts to key provisions in the farm bill conference agreement, including a $8.6 billion cut from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.  more

Current Climate Change Trajectory Devastating to Health

October 01, 2013

"The findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report released Friday portend devastating impacts on health if nations around the world fail to ramp up our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  PHI calls upon heads of state, business leaders, and leaders in civil society to heed the IPCC’s warnings and take action. Many strategies to address climate change offer substantial co-benefits to health, which can save lives and reduce health care costs: PHI also urges public health practitioners to speak out, so that the public and decision makers know what’s at stake for health."

 
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“Holding Our Health Hostage”: PHI statement on House continuing resolution

September 20, 2013

“The Public Health Institute is dismayed to see that, once again, the House is putting politics before the wellbeing of our country, by its passage of H.J. Res. 59, the 2014 Continuing Appropriations Resolution. Congress must pass a continuing resolution in order to keep vital services intact and the government running. Using that process as a political forum to strip resources from critical health programs is a move tantamount to holding the health of the American people hostage."  more

President's Carbon Limits "A Major Step Forward"

September 20, 2013

"The Public Health Institute applauds President Obama for his bold move to institute tough new requirements on coal and gas power plants, aiming to limit their greenhouse gas emissions for the first time. This could have profound benefits for not only our environment, but also our health: Many strategies to combat climate change offer both near- and long-term co-benefits to health, in addition to the direct health benefit of addressing climate change.  more

“We can and must do better” PHI Statement on House passage of nutrition bill HR 3102

September 19, 2013

PHI strongly opposes today’s passage of House nutrition bill H.R. 3102. If enacted, it would devastate millions of families across the country struggling to put healthy foods on the table.

The $39 billion in cuts to SNAP and SNAP-Ed would drop an estimated 3.8 million people from the rolls in 2014 alone; another 850,000 would see a reduction in benefits. These cuts would come on top of already scheduled cuts slated to take effect in November that would also reduce benefits for every SNAP participant.  more

USDA School Nutrition Standards: Good for Kids; Good for Health

June 27, 2013

"Public Health Institute applauds the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s release of national school nutrition standards for snacks sold through vending machines, a la carte lines, and school stores. With childhood obesity rates at epidemic proportions, our children need to have healthy foods available to them during the school day. These standards help make that possible."  more

President Announces Climate Action Plan

June 25, 2013

"The Public Health Institute welcomes President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. Its emphasis on the threat that climate change poses to human health serves as a wakeup call. Lives are at stake and we must act swiftly to turn the tide."  more

U.S. House of Representatives Defeats Farm Bill

June 20, 2013

"PHI applauds members of Congress who voted no on final passage because of the impact this legislation would have on our most vulnerable children and families. Any short-term savings gained by cutting SNAP benefits and SNAP nutrition education would be far outweighed by the long-term costs to the nation’s health.  more

Public Health Institute Statement on U.S. Senate Passage of the Farm Bill

June 10, 2013

Today, the U.S. Senate passed the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act (S. 954), commonly known as the farm bill, by a bipartisan vote of 66-27. The Public Health Institute (PHI) congratulates Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Stabenow (D-MI) and Ranking Member Cochran (R-MS) for their leadership to advance this legislation in a bipartisan fashion.  more

UN Takes ‘Momentous Step’ Toward Preventing Cancer, Heart Disease and Other Noncommunicable Diseases Throughout World

May 28, 2013

"The United Nations World Health Assembly took the momentous step yesterday of unanimously adopting an omnibus resolution concerning noncommunicable diseases," said Mary A. Pittman, president and CEO of the Public Health Institute.  more

Public Health Institute Calls for Protection of Nutrition Programs in Proposed Farm Bills

May 15, 2013

The Public Health Institute recognizes the leadership of Chairwoman Stabenow and Ranking Member Cochran in the Senate, and Chairman Lucas and Ranking Member Petersen in the House, in moving bipartisan Farm Bill proposals forward. In the end, the strongest Farm Bill will be one that fully protects the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and its education component, SNAP-Ed.  more

Every Sequester Cut Is a Cut to the Public's Health

March 01, 2013

"The across-the-board cuts to the federal budget triggered by today’s sequester will be devastating to the public’s health. Reduced support for public health will cost jobs and resources in the short run, and the long term costs—in money and lives—will be borne by families and communities for years to come. There is still time for Congress to act quickly and reverse the impact."  more

Public Health Institute and California Project LEAN Applaud USDA Proposed Nutrition Standards for Foods Sold in Schools

February 04, 2013

The Public Health Institute (PHI) and California Project LEAN (Leaders Encouraging Activity and Nutrition) applaud the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) proposal, ‘Smart Snacks in Schools,’ to establish minimum nutrition standards for foods and beverages sold in schools.  more

Fiscal Cliff Deal Cuts SNAP-Ed, Critical Nutrition Program

January 02, 2013

“The last-minute political maneuvering by Congress to avoid the ‘fiscal cliff’ has undercut a critical nutrition program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education (SNAP-Ed). The Public Health Institute is extremely disappointed and concerned about the health impacts of this rushed decision on our most vulnerable population, recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps."  more

Statement from PHI's Mary A. Pittman on the US Senate's Failure on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

December 04, 2012

The Public Health Institute is deeply disappointed by the US Senate's failure to agree to US ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  more

Public Health Institute Opposes House Cuts to Nutrition Benefits in Farm Bill

July 12, 2012

The Public Health Institute strongly opposes the $16.5 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program that the House Agriculture Committee approved today as part of its 2012 Farm Bill (HR 6038).  more

Affordable Care Act Decision a Clarion Call for Prevention

June 28, 2012

Today's momentous Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA) sends a clear message: our transformation to a system of wellcare is underway, and there is no going back.  more

Public Health Institute Statement on Defeat of Proposition 29

June 22, 2012

The Public Health Institute (PHI) is deeply disappointed at the defeat of Proposition 29, the California Cancer Research Act. We applaud the Yes on Proposition 29 Campaign, led by the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, American Lung Association and others, for fighting such a strong campaign in the face of overwhelming spending from an industry willing to place profits ahead of health.  more

Public Health Institute Statement on U.S. Senate Passage of the Farm Bill

June 21, 2012

Today, the U.S. Senate passed the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act (S. 3240) by a bipartisan vote of 64-35. The Public Health Institute (PHI) congratulates Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Stabenow (D-MI), Ranking Member Roberts (R-KS) and Majority Leader Reid (D-NV) for their leadership to advance this legislation in a bipartisan fashion. This marks an important step towards enacting a farm bill during 2012.  more

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